Welcome to the Health Workforce Regulation in Victoria Website
The Health Workforce Branch provide strategic, high quality and timely policy advice and coordination activities to the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and to whole of government commitments in relation to regulatory streamlining and reform.
This responsibility includes:
- Build on existing DHHS regulatory reform capacity and initiatives
- Play a transformational role in working with health regulators to implement further improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of health regulation and its administration
- Further develop internal expertise to more effectively implement Government regulatory reform initiatives.
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) for health practitioners, which started on 1 July 2010, oversees the safe practice and regulation of over 600,000 health professionals across Australia. The National Scheme is underpinned by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law ,is in force in each state and territory and regulates 14 health professions. The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 (the National Law) provides the legislative framework for the National Scheme in Victoria and replaced the Health Professions Registration Act (2005) (HPR Act). The nationally regulated health professions are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
- Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
- Chiropractic Board of Australia
- Dental Board of Australia
- Medical Board of Australia
- Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
- Optometry Board of Australia
- Osteopathy Board of Australia
- Pharmacy Board of Australia
- Physiotherapy Board of Australia
- Podiatry Board of Australia
- Psychology Board of Australia
The National Law allows registered health practitioners to practise anywhere around the country, thereby reducing red tape and providing greater safeguards for the public while promoting a more flexible, responsive and sustainable health workforce. An online national register of practitioners enables the public to check that their treating health practitioner is registered to practise. The register includes any conditions on a health practitioner’s registration. If a health practitioner is not listed on the national register they cannot practise in Australia.
In 2014, the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council, made up of all Australian Health Ministersand is responsible for the National Scheme, initiated an independent review into the achievements of the National Scheme against its key objectives and guiding principles. The Independent Reviewer, Mr Kim Snowball has submitted his final report and his recommendations will be considered in detail at the August 2015 meeting of the COAG Health Council.
The licensing of pharmacy premises and pharmacy ownership restrictions is not included under the 2008 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to establish the National Scheme, therefore these matters continue to be the responsibility of the states and territories. The Pharmacy Regulation Bill 2010 to establish the Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) and provide for the future regulation of pharmacies was passed in the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament on 22 June 2010. The VPA has the role of regulating pharmacies which was previously performed by the Pharmacy Board of Victoria under the HPR Act. Further information on pharmacy regulation is available from the following link: Pharmacy Regulation - business licensing and ownership restrictions
Publications on the National Scheme
- Intergovernmental Agreement for a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions
- NRAS Review Bulletin 3
A copy of the abovementioned Acts may be accessed at the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents Website